Herbs for restful sleep Part 1

Many of us struggle with various sleep disorders and complain of different problems as a result. We have difficulty falling asleep, we wake up often, we toss and turn at night, we get hot flashes… This selection will help you find herbs that suit your symptoms and relieve them – for a restful night’s sleep.

Hawthorn

For all those who are prone to sleep disorders and heart problems due to nervousness.

Hawthorn, which affects the cardiovascular system (Crataegus monogyna or Crataegus oxyacantha) is also called the herb of the heart. In our case, it is recommended for restless sleepers who sometimes wake up to a rapid heartbeat. It has a heart-strengthening and heart-soothing effect. As a result, if we are sensitive to stress, we suffer from anxiety attacks and hot flashes, the hawthorn also recommended for its stress-relieving properties.

Warning: do not use for more than 1 month and in people who are being treated for heart disease. Because some drugs such as digitalis (or its derivatives), can affect the effect of blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs (statins).

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In what form is it recommended?
(Ingredient of tea mixtures, tinctures, capsules.)

Bud therapy (gemmotherapy): 15 drops of hawthorn bud extract tincture is recommended in the morning and evening, before going to bed, keeping an appropriate distance from meals. For children, 5 drops are sufficient.
Dry extract in capsules: 1 capsule in the morning and evening at bedtime. Only 1 capsule per day is recommended for children.
Fresh plant extract: 1 teaspoon dissolved in a little water, in the evening, before going to bed.

California cuckoos

For people who wake up frequently at night.

California cuckoos (Eschscholtzia californica) can be sedative in small doses and hypnotic in larger doses. It has a long-lasting effect, which is why it is recommended for those who wake up several times a night, or who wake up early in the morning and cannot fall asleep again. Eschscholtzia can be associated with other plants: e.g. with hawthorn for restlessness and strong palpitations; with valerian during insomnia due to anxiety; with passionflower if someone is struggling with nightmares.

Warning: contraindicated for pregnant or nursing mothers, children under the age of 15, and in case of glaucoma.

Do not use for more than 4 weeks! Do not take it together with other sleeping pills (but it is possible when they are discontinued). Do not consume it before driving.

California cuckoos (Photo: pixabay.com)

In what form is it recommended?
Capsule: 2 before bed.
Fresh plant extract: 2 teaspoons dissolved in a little water.

Passion flower

For those who lead a very stressful lifestyle and are hypersensitive.

It is also recommended for hyperactive people who cannot stop and think that sleep is unnecessary. Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata L.) affects the concentration of Gaba in the central nervous system (gamma-aminobutyric acid, which regulates mood in the brain and transmits impulses). Thus, it is not a particularly hypnotic plant, but it can promote good sleep. Hypersensitives who react to everything, especially e.g. they are more sensitive to smells and noises, and to the active ingredients of the passion flower. Passiflora is even more effective when paired with catnip.

Calvary (Photo: pixabay.com)

Warning: do not exceed the 1-4 week course and do not consume such a large dose that it causes a headache. It can be given to restless young people over the age of 12.

In what form is it recommended?
Fresh plant extract: 1 tablespoon dissolved in a little water in the morning and evening.
Dry extract: 1 capsule morning and evening.

Chamomile

For those who sleep poorly due to digestive problems.

Is it difficult to sleep due to bloating, poor digestion, abdominal pain? Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) or German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) can alleviate the trouble. Antispasmodic, has a beneficial effect on the digestive system, calms the liver and is effective against insomnia. So we can choose both (German chamomile is slightly less bitter) in the case of such sleep-disturbing problems. But don’t confuse it with a related plant, the autumn daisy, which is mainly effective for migraine complaints.

Warning: a Chamomile does not help with chronic insomnia.

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In what form is it recommended?

Medicinal tea: Put 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers in a cup, boil and leave for no more than 3-4 minutes (to preserve the medicinal components of the essential oil).

Lemongrass

For those who sleep poorly due to reflux disease, frequent bloating, excessive gas formation.

Medical lemongrass (Melissa officinalis) can be used for restless sleep, sleep disorders caused by stress, and digestive problems that make sleep difficult. Muscle relaxant: relaxes the smooth muscles involved in digestion, relieves spasmodic pain in the stomach area. It can also relieve migraine complaints and tinnitus that prevent you from falling asleep. Finally, we appreciate it for its pleasant lemon taste…

Warning: although there are no contraindications, it is better to avoid long-term use in case of Basedow’s disease or in children.

Lemongrass (Photo: pixabay.com)

In what form is it recommended?
– Medicinal tea: Add 2 teaspoons of dried lemongrass to a cup and let it steep for 10 minutes after boiling.
– Dry extract: 2 capsules before going to bed.
– Essential oil: 1 drop in 1 teaspoon of honey, before going to sleep.

Source: Galen

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